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  •  It can only be done at the start of a session. (3+ / 0-)
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    Texnance, joe from Lowell, Fogiv

    Otherwise, it takes a two thirds majority.

    Simple question: In the years since Republicans successfully urged the disempowering of workers and unions in the Midwest, what has happened to those states economies?

    by Stephen Daugherty on Sun Aug 14, 2011 at 10:40:03 AM PDT

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    •  sorry, wrong (0+ / 0-)

      Like I just pointed out, Republicans were prepared to end the filibuster using 51 votes in 2005 in the middle of a session.  Yes, they were going to carve out an imaginary distinction between "judicial" filibusters and "legislative" ones, but that they felt they could create such a distinction in the rules just proves what bullshit Senate rules are.  51 can do whatever the fuck they want barring only the stuff listed in the actual US Constitution that requires 2/3 majorities.

      Democrats knew they could do this, which is why the Gang of 14 was formed so the Democrats could cave and give the Republicans all the Bush nominees for nothing other than the Republicans not ending the filibuster.  The reason a gang of 14 agreement was needed is because the Republicans could do what they were threatening to do.

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